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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,063 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 114
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in colour, with a giant head. Mild carbonation.

S - The initial aroma is quite chocolatey and malty. There are also fruity elements, possible banana and mango.

T - The chocolatey malt aromas come through in the first flavours. It has a certain light toffee flavour later, which makes way for a dry finish that is best characterised by banana flavours.

M - Not as heavy as some dubbels but still provides a substantial body with a slightly oily feel.

D - One of the best dubbels available in my opinion. It is a rightfully world renowned beer, and when you try it, you see why.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 20:10:23 | More by PartyBear
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-23-2011 21:26:40 | More by Harkrank
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Allurex

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2011 02:18:50 | More by Allurex
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rage of activity here. Intense carbonation produces a volcanic like oooze of foam as it rests in glass awaiting tasting. The head is stiff and alive-it has taken on a soft serve ice cream appearance, and it seems I will have to lick my way to the beer. Aromatics are difficult to peg through the mountain of thick foam. Some warm malty banana, raisinet, creamy dark chocolate, blue cheese-quite fruity. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, rather complex, full bodied, and quite creamy. Malty flavors and fruity dark chocolate flavors dominate. Much like eating a very fine dark chocolate with a raspberry filling. Bitter chocolate, dusty malt notes and a very fine champagne like bubble make for a charming and memorable finish. I'll try this one again fer sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 01:58:37 | More by moulefrite
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a chalice results in a black ale with red highlights, accompanied by a copious amount of long lasting head.

Smells dry. Scents include raisins, and maybe a bit of caramel or molasses.

Nice bit of sweetness, with hints of chocolate and caramel. A deeper, slight alcoholic flavor is present in the back, but I can't really place it. Very smooth, with little to no bitterness. Above average carbonation. Overall dry finish with little to no aftertaste.

Fairly easy to drink overall, but the dryness makes me want to sip it slowly and enjoy the flavors, rather than knocking back a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:47:13 | More by Seanstoppable
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-31-2014 16:40:50 | More by MooseBoose
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jhhollier

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2013 12:28:41 | More by jhhollier
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gutbuster

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-13-2012 02:54:36 | More by gutbuster
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 04:40:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2014 06:03:31 | More by GratefulEdd
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-08-2014 01:27:37 | More by WiserBud
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 04:34:12 | More by TinusTime
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rkhaze

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 03:55:58 | More by rkhaze
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 17:05:52 | More by AaronHomoya
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 02:48:04 | More by ScreamForMe
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-28-2011 03:54:13 | More by drh1382
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-27-2013 02:23:18 | More by Mullinger1980
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-10-2013 19:18:45 | More by byronic
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-25-2014 12:43:27 | More by bshiban
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Antnyd82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-03-2012 10:04:38 | More by Antnyd82
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-19-2011 03:04:18 | More by bigdaddypolite
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-06-2013 20:06:16 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.

Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.

Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.

Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.

I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:28:19 | More by Fugazme
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 21:37:07 | More by SuperSpy
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:41:55 | More by caddybuyer
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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